MattHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (8/13/13) – The following information has been released by former Sheriff’s Office Detective Matt Sanderson’s in regards to his intent to run for the position of Hopkins County Sheriff.

“I am excited to announce that I have filed my intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to seek election to the office of Hopkins County Sheriff in the 2014 Primary election. I am equally excited to announce that Gina Munger will serve as Treasurer for the campaign. Gina brings with her a vast amount of experience and is a lifelong friend.

I was born and raised here in Hopkins County, married my high school sweetheart here, worked here, and raised my children here. I take pride in Hopkins County and take serving and protecting its citizens personally.

1)    It’s time that the Sheriff’s office takes the drug epidemic in Hopkins County seriously. It’s my experience that a large percentage of all crimes committed in our communities are due to illegal drugs and prescription drug abuse. Our communities and our loved ones are hurting because of this drug epidemic. It’s time we send a loud and clear message to drug dealers that they are not welcome in Hopkins County. I am anxious to talk with everyone in the near future about ideas I have to combat illegal drugs.

2)    It’s time that the Sheriff’s office takes a new direction. It’s time for fresh new ideas. The challenges to law enforcement have changed dramatically in recent years and we need new leadership that is ready to tackle these new challenges; challenges like modern technology. Every day we have online predators preying on our children, stealing our identities, and using other advanced technology to commit crimes. We need leadership that is ready and able to combat these new and constantly evolving challenges.

3)    It’s time the Sheriff’s office begins working with all other emergency responder agencies, begins working with the school board and community organizations, begins working with each and every city, town, and community in Hopkins County. When we all work together, share resources, share ideas, and share a vision for Hopkins County, then Hopkins County becomes a safer place to live, work, play, and raise a family. If we all work together we can accomplish this.

4)    The Sheriff’s office is about more than fighting crime. It’s also serving and protecting the court system, conducting prisoner transports, vehicle inspections, CCDW permits, and collecting taxes. My 15 years of law enforcement experience, coupled with my college education, being raised in a local family business, a willingness to work with others, and common sense, make me the most qualified person for this job.

I am running for Sheriff of Hopkins County because I know we, working together, can make Hopkins County safer for everyone, especially for our families and our children. My true passion is to serve and protect the citizens of Hopkins County. It’s time.”

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